4221 Malsbary Road, Ste. 102
Blue Ash, OH 45242
Melvin S. Gale, M.D.
Dr. Gale is a licensed psychiatrist with board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. A graduate of State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, Dr. Gale completed his residency at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH. He works with patients in his private practice, as well as patients in nursing homes. Dr. Gale was named "Exemplary Psychiatrist of 2019" by the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Southwest Ohio.
Megan Christy, PA-C, MSPAS
Ms. Christy earned her master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati, and her bachelor’s in psychology at Miami University in Oxford, OH. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants.
Regina L. Engel MSN, APRN-BC
Ms. Engel is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, after receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities. She has extensive training and experience in caring for patients with mental illness. Ms. Engel joined Dr. Gale in practice in 2012. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Certified Nurse Specialist in adult psychiatry and nursing home care.
Katherine Hoffman, PA-C, MSPAS
Mrs. Hoffman brings to Dr. Gale’s practice a strong educational emphasis on mental health in mature adults. She earned her Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, after earning her bachelor’s at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, KY. She also has associates degrees in gerontology and psychology from Thomas More.
Courtney Forkner Hopkins, PA-C, MSPAS
Mrs. Hopkins earned her master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at Kettering College in Kettering, OH, and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in biology from Taylor University in Upland, IN. Before coming to our practice, she worked at University of Cincinnati Health, with clinical rotations in psychiatry, internal medicine and family medicine.
Amanda Rahn Kalfas, PA-C, MSPAS, CAQ-Psych
Mrs. Kalfas is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, specializing in psychiatric medicine. She has a broad range of experience in mental health care, including inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health settings. She has proficiency in chemical dependency treatment, as well as more than a decade of psychiatric practice as a PA in Ohio and Texas. Mrs. Kalfas earned her Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies, at the University of Kentucky, and her Bachelor of Science at the University of Michigan. She also has a CAQ certificate-added qualification in psychiatry.
Madelyn Luptowski, MSW, LSW
Ms. Luptowski is a licensed social worker with experience in psychotherapy and coordination of substance abuse services. She has worked as a general outpatient therapist. Ms. Luptowski earned her master’s in social work at University of Cincinnati, and her bachelor’s in social work at Northern Kentucky University.
Jessica Swarr, PA-C, MPAS
Jessica Swarr is a physician assistant with a master of science degree in physician assistant studies from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has earned two bachelors degrees – one in health sciences from the University of Sciences in Philadelphia, and the other in neuroscience from Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Mrs. Swarr has previously worked as a physician assistant specializing in pediatrics, cardiology, intensive care and emergency care. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Physician Assistants and, since moving to Cincinnati, has joined the Ohio Society of Physician Assistants. She has been an active volunteer in several health-related organizations.
Edward Wantuck, MSW, LISW
Mr. Wantuck is a licensed independent social worker with a master's degree from Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati. He has practiced at the post master’s level since 1986 in the fields of forensics and community mental health, and has provided a decade of clinical supervision to master’s-level psychotherapy students and clinical colleagues seeking independent license. He provides therapy to adults and elderly with a wide range of diagnostic issues, from anxiety and depression to adjustment disorders, personality disorders, thought disorders and a variety of interpersonal problems. Mr. Wantuck joined Dr. Gale in practice in 2002.